Peter Neptune

Passamaquoddy Basketmaker

Peter is a highly respected Passamaquoddy Elder, Vietnam Veteran and the proud father of Artist Victoria Neptune. Peter learned his basketmaking skills as a young boy, creating baskets to be included in his family’s economy. Peter is especially known for his Sweetgrass Braids, used in traditional tribal ceremonies. Sweetgrass is traditionally braided in 3 strands representing love, kindness and honesty. As a sacred plant, it is used in peace and healing rituals. Long shoots of sweetgrass are used, often along with brown ash stripes in Passamaquoddy making baskets. Peter’s own speciality is making Working Trade Baskets of strong brown ash slats, creating a strong basket. Peter’s baskets are especially appreciated by organic farmers and gardeners for their strength in moving heavy produce.

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